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Terps prefer 24-hour memory to get through stretch

Obviously, playing three games in five days -- as Maryland is in the midst of doing -- is not ideal. Throw in the fact the Terrapins have had to travel down and back to the state of North Carolina (twice) during that stretch, and the challenge becomes even less appealing.

But that is the path Maryland must take. Tomorrow night the Terrapins will play at North Carolina State in final game of that stint, and senior forward Landon Milbourne believes he has the perfect antedote to any mental or physical fatigue that might be settling in with his teammates.

What is the key to being fresh come Wednesday night?

"Having a 24-hour memory," Milbourne said. "That's it. We had a good win [Monday]. By the time we wake up [Tuesday], it's got to be out the window. We've got to focus on the next game and that's it. It's good to have a win [Monday], but it's over with now. We've got to come out here [Tuesday] and focus on N.C. State and that's all we've got to do. Come down there and try to get a win, and then we're going to do the same thing again for the next game."

That plan has worked well so far. After taking a 21-point beating at Duke in which Maryland struggled to shoot, defend and take care of the ball, the Terrapins came out of the gate Monday against Virginia as if the game against the Blue Devils never even had happened.

Maryland shot 37.7 percent against Duke but then shot 56.3 percent a little more than 48 hours later. Conversely, the Terrapins allowed the Blue Devils to shoot 41.5 percent but then held the Cavaliers to 37.9 percent shooting Monday night. Maryland tallied 10 assists and 14 turnovers against Duke; it compiled 22 assists and 13 turnovers against Virginia.

You get the picture.

Part of this could be attributed to venue. This season the Terrapins -- individually and as a team -- have performed markedly better in an array of statistical categories at home than they have on the road. They are defeating ACC opponents by an average of 19 points at Comcast Center.

But Maryland's coaches and players deserve ample credit for make the adjustments necessary to ensure that one poor outing does not turn into a slide. The Terrapins have lost two games in a row only once this season and that was in late November at the Maui Invitational.

"We knew what we did wrong, and we nipped it in the bud right away," Milbourne said Monday after the win over Virginia. "It didn't take us a couple of games to get back in the flow. We knew what we did wrong, we corrected it in practice and then we came out here and did it in the game. That's all it was really was just taking notice of what our mistakes were and correcting them as soon as we can, and we did a good job of that."

By Steve Yanda  |  February 16, 2010; 12:17 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

A win tomorrow night puts them in a great position - 8 ACC wins against 3 losses with 5 games to go. Looking for Bowie and Moseley to break out of their slumps and to see JP's game progress. btw - Larry pointed out the minutes he did get (I think the final tally was 17) and at times he looked experienced. However he showed a lot of athleticism and speed which makes me think he will be starting in front of DG next year.

regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | February 16, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

hugh-I bet a gallon of UMD Dairy's mint chip that padgett doesnt start over dino next year.

that said, let's worry about 2010 before we start betting on 2011. Need to get off to a good start tomorrow night and take the crowd out of the game

Posted by: jpfterps | February 16, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm encouraged by JP's play last night. Best i've seen him play to date. He could challenge dino next year, but I see that determination being made in november.

Somebody needs to teach dino a pumpfake and just dump him the ball to pick up fouls. Been very impressed with his FT shooting.

My only question from last night is why burney was dressed if GW had no intentions of playing him? Even with an earlier start to garbage time than usual and despite crowd chanting his name, burney didnt get the call.

After a big nite last night, does GV have to keep the faux-hawk going?

Posted by: JoeMama11 | February 16, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

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